CwG Quotes "Envy is the natural emotion that makes you want to do it again; to try harder; to continue striving until you succeed. "

- Conversations With God Book 3





Daily Thought


I tell you this: The purpose of life is not to please God. The purpose of life is to know, and to recreate, Who You Are.

- Book Two p 41




Bulletin #578


January 31, 2014

What will it take?

A Note from Neale...


Dear dear friends...

As we look with love at our world this week, we see many things that make us sad, and many things over which we can rejoice. We are not making our collective life on this planet easy. We could be, but we are not.

I am not sure what is stopping us, except our own unwillingness to look at the obvious solution. And I realize that the reason we find it so difficult to look at the obvious solution is that it violates every belief that we as a species have embraced. This is where you can come in. If you wish, this is where you can come in.

I have great hope for humanity’s future, and look toward tomorrow with optimism and joy, for I know that our grandest dreams as humanity are soon to be realized. So do not hear this letter as a statement of pessimism or a flood of negativity. Yet in order to correct a problem, one must acknowledge the problem. In order to change a condition, one must observe the condition.

I have learned in my life that Observation is not Judgment, and Clarity is not Negativity.

Within just the past few days the President of the United States delivered his annual State of the Union message to a Congress and a nation that is deeply politically divided. Peace talks between warring factions in Syria have broken down, but both sides say they are willing to keep talking. The government of Ukraine and the thousands of demonstrators agitating for change in that nation are trying to inch their way to an accommodation before the entire country explodes. And a report from the international organization Oxfam announced its finding that 85 of the world’s richest individuals hold more wealth than 3.5 billion people (that’s one half of the planet’s poplation) combined.

So let us be clear about something. None of the systems, institutions and devices that our species has put into place to create a better life for all on this planet is functioning in a way that generates this outcome.

It is worse than that. They’re generating exactly the opposite.

Our political systems -- created to produce safety and security for the world’s people -- are generating nothing but disagreement and disarray.

Our economic systems -- created to produce opportunity and sufficiency for all -- are generating increasing poverty and massive economic inequality, with 85 of the world’s richest people holding more wealth than 3.5 billion...that’s half the planet’s population...combined.

Our ecological systems -- created to help us produce a sustainable lifestyle -- have been abused so much that they are now generating environmental disasters right and left.

Our educational systems -- created to lift higher and higher the knowledge base of the planet’s population -- has generated a drop in global awareness and sensitivity that each year sinks our intellectual common denominator lower and lower. We can’t even remember our own telephone numbers anymore.

Our health care systems -- created in hopes of producing a good and long life for an increasingly higher percentage of people -- are doing little to eliminate inequality of access to modern medicines and health care services worldwide, thus actually providing top level medical services each year to a lower and lower percentage.

Our social systems -- created to produce the joy of community and harmony among a divergent population -- more and more generate discordance, disparity, prejudice, and say nothing of rampant injustice.

And, most sadly dysfunctional of all, our spiritual systems -- created to produce a greater closeness to God, and so, to each other -- are generating bitter righteousness, shocking intolerance, widespread anger, deep-seated hatred, and self-justified violence.

It seems fair for a reasonable observer to wonder: What's going on with the human race that it cannot see itself even as it looks straight at itself? Where is humanity's blind spot?

How is it possible for 7 billion members of our species to all want the same thing—survival, safety, security, peace, prosperity, opportunity, happiness, and love—and to be utterly unable to produce it for any but the tiniest percentage, even after thousands of years of trying?

Might it be time to ask: “Could there be something we don't fully understand about God and about Life, the understanding of which would change everything?”

Yet who will dare to ask this question—much less offer a possible answer? It would take an Evolution Revolution for such a thing to occur. It would take people, committed at the local level, to Changing Tomorrow Today. People committed to raising the question, to opening the discussion, to offering a proposal for consideration.

It would take....well....

If you feel the impulse to assist humanity in saving humanity from itself, you may find it interesting to follow this link:

Some of the things that I’ve said here, I say there. But I also say a great deal more...including offering you a chance to actually do something about all of this.

The choice is yours.

I send you love.

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Letters to Neale: What is true about our world?

Dear Neale... I'm not writing to you as an authority on everything in the world. But I realize that through your experiences with god/goddess you might have a better perspective than I do.

I just finished reading the prophecies of Nostradamus and the author of Saved by the Light, Dannion Brinkley. What troubles me is that both of their predictions are similar and you hinted at the same thing in your book.

Are these really the end times? Is there really an Anti-Christ who's going to attempt world domination? These predictions are scary, but at the same time I realize that we can't be scared, we chose to be here at this time to experience this.

Everybody says the only thing to do, is to prepare your spirit and soul and get centered with God within. But how, with just meditation and prayer? Basically, I guess I'm asking what can we do to prepare ourselves for the upcoming changing times? Remember you said that I can ask you anything, and that you would always be there. Did I forget to mention how much that meant to me? Though I didn't understand the last part, about how you are served through me.

Love, Penny.

Neale Responds


My dear Penny, I am so saddened by these thoughts that keep surfacing about how the world as we know it is going to end. The end of the world has been predicted from the beginning of time. And the world very well may end some time soon...or certainly, life as it is now being lived may change amazingly and dramatically.

But the question in front of us should not be, Oh, my, what is going to happen to me? And the world? But, rather, How can I use this moment now to become the personification of the grandest version of the greatest vision ever I held about myself? How can I heal myself and heal the world? What good can I do in this moment now to bring more love, more light, more awareness, more understanding, more unconditional acceptance to the world? How can I touch the part of me which is touched in every moment by God?

What happens on this planet occurs out of the collective consciousness. It is the product of the combined reality shared by all. That combined reality is shaped, formed, created in part by you, every hour, every day. Thoughts are things, and can be used by you to change the things which have been created by other thoughts which have preceded you.

Your questions about Nostradamus and Brinkley, suggest that we are on a collision course which cannot be avoided; that our fate is predestined. Yet I tell you this: nothing is predestined in the mind of God, for the mind of God is your mind, thinking what it is thinking right now. Yours, and mine, and everyone else's. It is our thoughts, our ideas, our decisions, our choices, our determinations which will and do create our Reality.

That is the largest message of God: you are creating your own reality. No one gets it. Not even so-called "new agers." If they did, they wouldn't ask questions such as "Are the end-times predictions true?" They would ask, "What do I choose now to do in the face of all the world's thoughts about this?" Then they would answer the question, not just ask it and wait for an answer from another.

You, my friend, do not need to hear from me on this. You know all you need to know of love, of peace, of harmony, of honesty and integrity, kindness and goodness, peace and, yes, even of God. Simply act as if you did. Make every day, every moment, a living monument to what you already know of these things; a living testimony to what you have decided about these things; a living demonstration of Who You Really Are.

My wonderful Penny, do what you are. Do loving, kind, gentle, peaceful, honorable, healing things. Every day. Everywhere you go. With every person whose life you touch. Then, seek to touch even more lives. And then, even more after that. Reach out and touch the world with your magnificence, and the magnificence of the truth of Who You Are. Of who we all are.

In every moment we have the choice to live in love or in fear. Choose love now, and every time. If the world is going to end as we know it, so what? Only one of two things can happen: you are going to die with it, in which case you'll be in a far better place than ever you imagined; or you will be continuing to live, and in the most exciting times this planet has ever seen. And you will be one of the few with an understanding of all that has happened, and all that can then happen, to create a newer world.

So live not in fear, but in faith. Faith that whatever the future holds in store, it is perfect. The perfect conditions for you to create the perfect experience of who and what you really are.

God is a loving God. Nothing is created, nothing, which does not proceed to your Highest Good. You either believe that or you don't. If you do, there is nothing I need to say to make everything feel better to you. If you don't, there is nothing I can say.

Penny, I don't claim to know or have all the answers. Neither, I think, does Nostradamus (by extension), nor Brinkley, nor anyone else. All messages we receive are received through the filters of our own understandings and prior beliefs.

In other words, Neale hears what Neale is prepared to hear, ready to hear, trained to hear, and predisposed to hear. Only you can decide whether what Neale hears from his source is anything close to the truth of your being. The same is true of the material which comes through Brinkley, or anyone else. The world may very well be shaken to its core within the next fifty years, or less. Some say next month. The question is, then what? What will you do then?

What good will you be to the rest of us? To those who are in fear and anguish, trembling in the dark, afraid of the future? I say this to you, my friend, because I want you to consider that you may have been sent to the world at precisely this time in order to be one of those who heals the world, not sends it further into fear. Do that. It is not difficult. Anyone who has ever received even so much as a smile from you would tell you how easy it is for you to do that.

Go, therefore, and be a gift unto the world. And smile a lot. For a smile is love, announced. Love of whatever and whoever it is you are smiling at.


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From the Director's chair

Thank you all for the messages of love and support last week regarding Buddy’s passing. To say they were helpful would be an understatement. I want you to know just how much it means to me to be a part of this wonderful spiritual community. Please feel my gratitude as you read these words.

Speaking of gratitude, I would like to dedicate my column this week to our friend and volunteer Janine Cantin. Janine runs our Books for Friends & Prisoner Outreach Programs and has done so for more years than I can remember. Besides fulfilling the many requests for books we receive, she also produces a newsletter called “Freedom Inside” which brings the messages of Conversations with God to people in and out of prison.

You do not have to be incarcerated to be imprisoned by wrong and small thinking. Janine’s dedication to this work is stunning to me, each week spending countless hours insuring that “Freedom Inside” makes it to those who desire to be the next grandest version of the greatest vision ever they held of who they are.

Recently we received a request for 250 books from a prison chaplain at the Massachusetts Treatment Center. The very fact that this chaplain is willing to distribute so many books is a very rare opportunity for us to share the wonderful messages of CwG in what I’m sure can be a very dark place.

The challenge is the Prison Outreach Program currently does not have the funds to fulfill this request, so we are asking for your help.

You can help in several ways. You can send a new or used book directly to the Chaplain who made the request at the address below and please let us know if you do so we can keep count.

If you wish to send books directly to Chaplain Ibe, here is the address:

Chaplain Ignatius Ibe
Massachusetts Treatment Center
30 Administration Rd.
Bridgewater, MA 02324

You can also make donations to the CwG Foundation Books for Friends Program. We have a separate restricted funds account just for this program…donations can be made in the following places:

Donations can be made on our web page at:

or on our Facebook page:

or you can mail a donation to:
CwG Foundation/ Prison Outreach
PO Box 507
Ashland, OR 97530

Please make sure you state that this donation is for books for the Massachusetts Treatment Center. Once we receive your funds, Janine searches for used books we can buy reasonably and then sends them on. Your support means everything in fulfilling requests like these.

I can personally tell you the joy of helping others see a new reality. Janine is so committed to helping and for this we are so grateful to her. Thank you Janine Cantin for being who you are and doing what you do…who you are is wonderful and what you do is so important!

I want to express my gratitude for YOU and your willingness to help us help others. WE do make a difference when WE come together in Love. Thanks for opening your heart to help others be the next grandest version of the greatest vision ever they held of who they are.

In love and gratitude,


(J.R. Westen, D.D., C.Ad, is a Holistic Health & Spiritual Counselor who has worked and presented side-by-side with Neale Donald Walsch for over a decade. He is passionate about helping individuals move beyond their emotional and spiritual challenges, transforming breakdowns into breakthroughs. His counseling and coaching provides practical wisdom and guidance that can be immediately incorporated to shift one’s experience of life. As is true for most impactful teachers, J.R.’s own struggles and triumphs inspired him to find powerful ways of helping others. Sober since June 1, 1986, J.R.’s passion for helping individuals move through intense life challenges drove him to also specialize in Addiction and Grief Recovery. J.R. currently shares his gift of counseling & coaching with individuals from around the world. In addition, he operates “Change House” a place where people come to transform. He also works with Escondido Sobering Services and now serves as the Executive Director for the Conversations with God Foundation. He can be contacted at JR@CWG.ORG.)


Prison Outreach Program

Every day, we receive requests for help from prisoners.  Either through the mail, email, or phone calls from loved ones, prisoners communicate to us their willingness to look at another way of dealing with their lives.

This week, we received a request for 250 books from a prison chaplain who would like to introduce the CwG material into his facility.  This request is an amazing opportunity for us to help fulfill the Prison Outreach's mission which is to spread the CwG light into a very dark place.

It would be a wonderful help if you could send some books (or just one) to us, so we can meet this request. Send them to: CwG Foundation, P O Box 507, Ashland, OR 97520.

See JR’s article above for more information and the address if you wish to send a book directly to the chaplain. Of course, and donations made to the Foundation are tax deductible as we are a non profit foundation.

With love,

Janine Cantin
Prison Outreach Coordinator


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